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Chocolate Marshmallow Meltaways

Kids are thrilled to find a marshmallow hidden under this cookie's cocoa frosting. I enjoyed these cookies as a child, and now my own family loves them, too. —Joanna Swartley, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 18 large marshmallows, halved
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Press a marshmallow half, cut side down, onto each cookie; bake 2 minutes longer. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, cocoa and salt until smooth. Add enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency. Frost cookies.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 261 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Shelley
    Oct 22, 2018

    I’ve been making these cookies since I found it in the Best of Country Cookies. They are everyone’s favorite, and request them whenever I need to make cookies for an event, or a hunting trip. I double the recipe and use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop and I get 4 dozen good size cookies.

  • JMartinelli13
    Dec 8, 2017

    My family loved these! I used whole milk instead of 2% and added some sprinkles. Fun to make with kids!

  • aug2295
    Jun 15, 2013

    My kids really enjoyed helping with these, especially the marshmallow. They were very sweet and chocolatey.

  • aug2295
    Jun 13, 2013

    The kids really enjoyed helping with these, especially putting on the marshmallow. Extra sweet and chocolatey.

  • GrandTina
    Apr 18, 2013

    I had half a bag of marshmallows that I wanted to use up. I always check TOH first, because the recipes are tried and true, for arecipe and found this one. I like the moistness of the cookie. The cookie it's self is not that sweet and the marshmallow and frosting compliment each other. My husband said Mmmm! Cool! I used a small cookie scoop ( just the right size fir the cookie) and got 42 cookies. I made my frosting a little stiff and just frosted the top of the marshmallow.

  • dogcat_8
    Mar 2, 2013

    I really enjoyed these cookies. They are different from anything I have in my recipe box and that's what I like so much about them. I agree with another reviewer... they are rich, but good! I used a scooper to form my cookies and I only got 28 instead of 36. The cookie is on the drier side, but with the marshmallow and icing, everything balances out. I will definitely make again!

  • amberosu
    Feb 19, 2012

    These cookies were delicious, my husband and 3 year old son's preschool class loved them as well! I will definitely make them again as they'll be asking for them.

  • benjigar
    Feb 2, 2012

    Absolutely delicious! It is rich, but one of the best cookie recipes I have found, and yet so simple.

  • beaches111
    Feb 1, 2012

    One of my favorite cookie recipes. Nice and chocolatey and gooey. Though I admit I cheat and use pre-made frosting rather than make my own.

  • Onlooker
    Sep 10, 2011

    Really good cookies!